Recruiters put off candidates who take selfies

Recruiters put off candidates who take selfies

Selfies, poor grammar and references to alcohol on Facebook can put recruiters off hiring candidates as the war on talent intensifies.

That is according to a new survey from Jobvite. The UK Social Recruitment Survey interviewed 500 recruiting and HR professionals.

While 60% of UK recruiters said that they had not used social media in their recruitment in the past year, 33% said that they planned to increase their recruitment via social media.

Facebook was the most used social media platform by the 40% of the recruiters who had used social media platforms to recruit candidates. Of those, 75% said that they had used Facebook as a part of their recruitment process. 57% had used Twitter and 38% had used LinkedIn.

David Lahey is the VP International at Jobvite. Speaking exclusively to Executive Grapevine, he says that recruiters use Facebook to vet potential candidates.

Lahey explains: “Whether recruiters would admit it or not, the first thing they do if they are interested in a candidate is to Google that person and see what they can find out.

“It is incredibly important for jobseekers to not have picture that might say something about their personality that they might not want the recruiters to reflect upon.”

65% of the polled recruiters said that references to using marijuana would put them off from hiring a candidate.

While references to consumption of alcohol were seen as negative by 46% of the recruiters, finding tweets with poor grammar was frowned upon even more with 54% saying it would have a negative impact on an application.

Surprisingly, 34% said that selfies are seen as negative.

Lahey says: “It is almost the same concern as on a dating site. The thing with selfies is that if it is obvious that you have taken the picture in front of a mirror, what does that say about your life? Didn’t you have any friend that could take the picture?

“If you take selfies, recruiters may think that you are self-absorbed or very narcissistic the way you approach your social situations.”

The UK Social Recruitment Survey also revealed that 86% of recruitment experts expect a fierce competition for talent in the next 12 months.

65% are concerned that the current economic situation will make it increasingly difficult to recruit the best skilled candidates.

With the war for talent intensifying, Lahey urges recruiters to embrace social media platforms.

He says: “It is a no-brainer for everyone to realise that they have to be on LinkedIn if you are a recruiter, but my message to recruiters is to not forget about recruiting on Facebook.

“When you think about the power of an employer referral, it would be a huge mistake to not take advantage of Facebook.

“Twitter is hugely important for recruiters. What I would tell recruiters is that if they are not doing anything else, go out and ensure that you have a Twitter account and that you are at least publishing your jobs and include the #jobs hashtag.”

The survey also compared the UK findings with that of a previous study from the USA.

The comparison showed that 92% of American recruiters had used social media to recruit candidates, while that number was 40% in the UK.

Lahey says: “The data shows that the UK is probably a little behind in where they need to be in terms of utilising social media for recruitment.”

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